I had a great time at the Green Festival in Washington DC last weekend. It was my first Green Festival, but will definitely not be my last! I came home with bags full of products and samples, brochures, and more information than I could possibly digest in a weekend. So, I’ll be digging through all this stuff for a while to come.
For all who couldn’t be at Green Festival, I want to share with you some of the things I saw and learned, vendors I discovered, and some of the eco friendly products I found.
In the near future, I’ll be writing in more detail about a few individual vendors and their products – my favorites from Green Festival – beginning with this post, and my personal pick for the most entertaining vendor at the Green Festival. I’ll also tell you about my favorite new products and my pick for the strangest vendor at GreenFest.
By the way, my pick for the strangest attendee would have to go to the middle-aged guy dressed like a cheerleader. Okay, it was kind of close to Halloween. But…Really??
Okay, you get the idea. Lots of stuff to pass on to you so let’s get to it! There was a vendor at the Green Festival that had folks lined up waiting for a chance to get a close-up look at their product. This is my pick for the most entertaining vendor & product at the Green Fest…
I recently watched a documentary about a guy named Colin Beavan, a.k.a. “No Impact Man.” Basically, the film documents a pretty extreme year-long experiment during which Colin, his wife Michelle, and their daughter Isabella try to reduce their environmental impact to zero. What did I think about it? Well, it was definitely entertaining, thanks in large part to the (very understandable) resistance from Michelle. After all, I’m sure when she said her wedding vows she never imagined that “for better or for worse” would include a lifestyle full of challenges like raising a small child with no electricity or toilet paper. C’mon. A woman has limits.
Besides being entertaining, the film was also pretty inspiring. If you’ve been wanting to make your lifestyle more eco-friendly, you’ll probably come away from the film admiring the Beavan’s efforts and feeling like you’re ready to ride your bike to the nearest farmer’s market and buy some seeds to plant a new garden in the back yard.
Most of us, however (myself included), being the typical, average, garbage-producing, resource-consuming, ozone-depleting, convenience-driven humans that we are, may come away from it a little glazed over. Overwhelmed, perhaps. The film really opened my eyes to the unending ways that my life impacts the environment.
This is where i found the real value in “No Impact Man.” It makes you think. It’s really easy to overlook all the little ways we impact the environment in our daily lives. It’s much too easy to get too busy or distracted, or rushed, or whatever it is that keeps us from taking that extra 5 seconds to think about our actions and choices, and their consequences. If you find yourself in that boat, you’re definitely not alone. “No Impact Man” rocked my boat a little bit. But that’s a good thing. There will be some positive changes coming from it soon, but that’s another post.
My husband and I are huge fans of Jack Johnson and we recently got a chance to see him in concert at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater for his “To The Sea” tour. Jack is one of my favorites not only because his music is awesome, toe-tapping, sing-along goodness; but also because he does what he can to help the environment and encourages others to do the same. While he’s on tour, he makes a major effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the tour itself, and also educates his fans about environmental issues.
So, for those of you who don’t know Jack, I’d like to introduce you to him, his music, and his organization called “All At Once.”